you." >> reporter:about an hour later, sharon heard about the shooting at sparks middle school. and she knew in her heart michael was involved. she later learned he, in fact, try to stop the shooter.and, as a result, saved even more lives. >> reporter:reporter: sharon, he even said he would do whatever it takes to protect the people he loves. so when you found out the actions he took that morning, to protect other students, did it surprise you at all? "when i first heard this going and i didn't get a text message back from him, i knew. and, uh, when it transpired that it was actually on school grounds, i knew exactly what he did. i knew he stopped it. i knew he stepped in front." >> reporter:the marine and air national guardsmen always reminded his family to be strong; to always look for the positives in life. >> reporter:and now sharon and her daughters are living that advice. instead of being angry that this beloved man was ripped from their lives, sharon says they're counting their blessingsall of them instead.